On Corski and Fenski and Edmonton Oilers’ fourth lineski

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Bruce McCurdy  •  Edmonton Journal

Edmonton Oilers forward Brendan Perlini (42) looks for a puck in front of Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom (25) during the first period at Rogers Place. Photo by Perry Nelson /USA TODAY Sports Article content

One day after his Edmonton Oilers suffered their first loss of the season, coach Dave Tippett decided the time was right to take a bit of a run at some of the cornerstone principles of hockey analytics, not to mention its practitioners.

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“I’ve been doing analytics way longer than a lot of these analytics people and mine are actually what happened in the game,” said Tippett, as reported by PostMedia’s Robert Tychkowski. “We use way more analytics than people know, but they’re ones that actually matter.”

Shots fired!

Tippett continued:

“The NHL stats are just, let’s just say average at best. To me, they’re not useful. We do our own stuff. You talk about Corski and Fenski and this and that. I see 10 shots every game that I would classify as a turnover, not a shot on goal. [Shot numbers] are inconsequential to me. If you are being bombarded every night with Grade A chances, now I have a concern, but I go more on scoring chances and legitimate shots, not just…

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